Archive for control tower

The Year of the Supply Chain Control Tower

LLamasoft has developed a new supply chain control tower. What makes is so interesting is it’s engine. It is built on top of a supply chain reference model that contains supply chain policies. Once I peeked under the hood at this reference model, it became clear to me this could be a very robust solution.

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What is a Supply Chain Control Tower?

The term supply chain control tower is being used more frequently.  Some think it is being overused.  What is a supply chain control tower? From my perspective it must be a holistic supply chain solution. What does that mean? For me, it means the following ten things.

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JDA Software Features Some Exciting New Products at their User Conference

JDA Software introduced a robust new control tower solution at their user conference. This SaaS based solution provides real-time visibility to shipments, orders at risk of not being fulfilled, and several other supply chain issues. More importantly it is visibility and remediation. It is worth noting, that being able to tap into the supply chain plans provides a much richer predictive capability than control towers that only use execution data.

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Bill Gates and the Digital Supply Chain

There has been an explosion of new sensor data available to be used to create digital supply chains. While we use the term “digitization”, Bill Gates had a better label close to 20 years ago, “the digital nervous system.”

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New Solutions to Support a Pharmaceutical Value Chain that is in Flux

Leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies must continue to adapt to increasing global competition, regulation, and pricing pressures. In response, the pharmaceutical industry is undergoing a major value chain transformation.

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On the journey to global e-commerce success, companies should expect the unexpected

In markets with unpredictable logistics questions, automation can help businesses find the answer Companies are leaping head first into new markets, looking to cash in on the lucrative omni-channel opportunities unlocked by the global expansion of e-commerce. Yet as they race to add customers, build sales and boost revenues abroad, many companies are putting potential profits in jeopardy by entering new markets without a solid plan for managing their global shipping and logistics operations. As […]

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Cutting Edge Control Towers

An advanced supply chain control tower is a hub for analytics. Depending on the problem the analytics can range from simple to very advanced.

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Procter & Gamble’s Supply Chain Control Tower

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has one of the best supply chains in the world.  But when their top supply chain executives talk about supply chain management, it can be hard to understand what they are talking about.  P&G has rather forgone talking about supply chain systems and instead talks about their investments in analytics. They believe their supply chain systems are too siloed and they are missing global optimization opportunities. They are looking for a […]

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The New SAP Supply Chain Control Tower

SAP’s SAPinsider supply chain conference was held a week and a half ago in Las Vegas. At this conference SAP announced a new product that will be a critical part of their supply chain solution stack – a Supply Chain Control Tower.  Several of ARC’s supply chain software supplier clients have discussed with ARC how their solutions can be used to build control towers (Manhattan Associates Control Tower, C.H. Robinson TMC’s, and JDA’s). Clearly, the term “control […]

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Guest Commentary: Driving Value from a Transportation Management Center: Think Global, Act Local

To centralize or not to centralize? That is the question – or at least it is a major discussion point for many large, global companies considering how best to manage transportation across today’s vast supply and distribution networks. The argument to centralize usually includes the advantages of economies of scale when dealing with carriers and opportunities for better utilization through back-hauls and continuous moves. The argument for decentralization often involves strong relationships with local carriers, […]

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